The Texas and Southwestern
Cattle Raisers Association Minute Book
CHESTER V. KIELMAN*
FOR MANY YEARS HISTORIANS CONCERNED WITH THE EVOLUTION OF THE
cattle industry and the general historical development of Texas and
the Southwest have recognized and treasured the incalculable research
value of the archives of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers
Association. Among the first persons to approach the officers of the
Association with a view toward the preservation of the organization's
historically invaluable retired files was E. W. Winkler, the dean of
Texas bibliographers. The first harvest of Winkler's efforts was the
duplication in facsimile in 1927 of the irreplaceable original minute
book of the Association.'
Awareness of the unique quality and value of the records continued
and increased in the decades that followed. In 1965 President Fred
Wulff, General Manager Joe Fletcher, and other Association officers
began considering the selection of a suitable repository for the per-
manent preservation of the Association's archives. The University of
Texas Archives was chosen, and in June, 1966, the records were for-
mally transferred to the custody of the University by President Ben
Without question, the original minute book covering the years
1877-1892 is the basic document in the archives of the Texas and
Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Created by James C. Loving,'
*Mr. Kielman is archivist of the University of Texas Library and a former associate
editor of the Quarterly.
xProceedings of the Stock Raisers Convention of Northwestern Texas, 1877-1892 (photo.
static copy, Archives, University of Texas Library, Austin). The archival designation foi
this copy is a variant of the original minute book's title, "Minute Book of the Cattle
Raisers Association of Northwestern Texas, 1877-1892," Texas and Southwestern Cattle
Raisers Association Records (Archives, University of Texas Library, Austin); hereafter
cited as Minute Book.
The first twenty-eight pages of the Minute Book are unnumbered. For these only
dates of entries can be given. Numbering begins in the entries for the 1879 regular con-
vention. No orthographic alterations have been made in the minutes excerpted below.
'Correspondence between Fred Wulff, Joe Fletcher, Chester V. Kielman, et al., Texas
and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Holding Record (Archives, University of
Texas Library, Austin).
3James C. Loving, born in Hopkins County, Kentucky, in 1836, was brought to Texas
by his parents in 1845. The family lived first in Lamar County, then in Collin County,
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117145/. Accessed January 29, 2015.